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"Hi Natalie and Michele, our Party exceeded all our expectations. Your venue looked superb and all who attended were extremely complimentary. I am sure that the event will be discussed in Bristol University! Thank you both for the tremendous support you have shown all along in arranging all the loose ends and thereby ensuring it was a success."

Wynn Jones, 2015.

Floor plan

Event space floor plan

Download the printable sketch floor plan of the Event and Exhibition space.

About the space

Paintworks Event Space is one large open venue, which is usually hired as a whole, but can be divided up by a heavy theatre curtain, dividing the Theatre Space from the Gallery/ Event Space.

Gallery / Event Space: 3,500 sq.ft. (30m x 11m)

4.5m ceiling height, rugged concrete soffit with exposed central steel columns and roof joists. Painted concrete and wooden floors with change of level as shown on plan (2 steps only). Portable disabled access ramp available. Natural light from high level windows. Incorporates original brick lift shaft and double doors on to a 4,000 sq.ft. licensed courtyard, which can be used with the Event Space, weather permitting. Stairs from foyer area give access to toilets.

Theatre Space: 945 sq.ft. (11m x 8m including optional seating area on viewing gallery above)

This is a continuation of the adjacent exhibition space but can be separated by a black-out curtain. Wooden floor with capacity for seating 150. High level windows have black-out blinds. This area is suitable for showing films, video artwork, theatre performances, smaller conferences and seminars and art installations.

Roof Girders

Ideal for attaching lighting rigs or suspending 3d artwork or sculptures, the maximum loading of the roof girders throughout is 100 kg/m.

Green credentials

Paintworks is the regeneration of 12 acres of industrial buildings along the banks of the River Avon, where many of the original buildings have been preserved and restored. Paintworks Event Space lies at the heart of this sustainable development and features double glazing, highly efficient heating and well insulated walls. 

The whole site has a recycling policy, with a number of recycling points for glass, paper, cardboard, tins and plastic.

Verve Properties, the owner and developer of the site has won and been nominated for a number of awards for the sustainability and regeneration of the site, these are:

The British Astronomical Association Sky Friendly Exterior Lighting Award, for preserving the visibility of our Universe!

Civic Trust Award 2008 (National Regeneration Awards by Regeneration Magazine)

Regenerate Magazine's National Award, 2007

Finalist in the 2006 Regeneration Awards for best mixed use regeneration project (Building, BD & Property Week Magazines) and 2007 runner-up.

Hire Charges


General Hire rates


The following hire rates apply:

Commercial, ticketed event rate (9am - midnight)                         £1500

Full day + evening hire (9am- midnight)                                       £1250

Full day hire (9am- 6pm)                                                              £950

Charity/Public Sector/Education or less than 70 delegates                £850

Sunday - Friday, half day hire (8am- 1pm or 1pm - 6pm)                £600




All prices are subject to VAT

More information

If you would like more information about the suitability of Paintworks Event Space for your event, please contact our events team.